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    Ocean Health
    Orcas face triple threat - Vessel noise, pollution, lack of food

    Orcas face triple threat: Vessel noise, pollution, lack of food

    Triple threats of pollution, vessel noise and lack of food are making it hard for southern orcas to grow beyond an estimated population of 80, says a decade-long US study.


    Rafe Mair: Howe Sound under siege

    Rafe Mair: Howe Sound under siege

    In his first column after a long hospital stay, Rafe Mair pulls no punches, calling for civil disobedience to defend Howe Sound and its wild salmon from multiple industrial projects.



    Nathan Cullen calls out Harper govt over climate change, dead scallops

    Cullen calls out Harper govt over climate change, dead scallops

    NDP House Leader Nathan Cullen challenges the Harper government in question period over its failure to act on climate change and 10 million scallops that died in BC recently from ocean acidification.


    Cut adrift by Harper govt, Ocean pollution expert joins aquarium

    Cut adrift by Harper govt, ocean pollution expert joins aquarium

    World-renowned ocean pollution scientist Dr. Peter Ross will continue his work through the Vancouver Aquarium, after the federal program he oversaw was shut down by the Harper Government.



    Ocean acidification accelerates in Arctic, threatening food web - study

    Ocean acidification accelerates in Arctic, threatening food web: study

    Research conducted at an ice camp high in the frozen North - part of the Catlin Arctic Survey - suggests climate change is threatening the Arctic Ocean's food web by making those waters more acidic.


    Douglas Coupland-narrated video shows ship noise impacts on whales

    Douglas Coupland-narrated video shows ship noise impacts on whales

    "You can think of sound as their dinner menu, their 9-11, e-harmony, GPS, facebook and twitter - and, more importantly, their family stories", says a new video showing how ship noise threatens whales.



    Despite Fukushima radiation, scientists say eating West Coast fish is safe

    Despite Fukushima radiation, scientists say West Coast fish is safe

    Dr. David Suzuki surveys recent Fukushima radiation science : "Fish will stay part of my diet - as long as they’re caught locally and sustainably - until new research gives me pause to reconsider."


    'Alarming' sea star die-off on West Coast

    ‘Alarming’ sea star die-off on West Coast

    Vancouver aquarium staff don't know just how far-reaching the "alarming" sea star die-off has been on BC's coast, and whether the species will recover. "It was like wildfire and just wiped them out."



    http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/09/09/massive-starfish-die-off-baffles-scientists/

    The mystery of the dead starfish

    Read this Sept. 9 story from National Geographic on the raft of dead starfish in BC's coastal waters that's baffling scientists.


    Fukushima Crisis: At least the world is finally paying attention

    Japan’s Fukushima radiation crisis: a Good News/Bad News story

    It may be the greatest single threat humanity has faced: Japan's Fukushima radiation crisis. The good news is the world's media and political leaders are finally paying attention.